Help your students develop logical reasoning and critical thinking skills. This new book from bestselling authors and popular consultants Tammy Jones and Leslie Texas offers authentic logic-building activities and writing strategies that can be used across all subject areas in grades 6-8. Filled with hands-on activities and photocopiable tools, Strategic Journeys will help you guide your students into deeper thinking to go beyond the surface of content to true understanding.
- Identifying opportunities for students to engage in meaningful and relevant writing across the content areas;
- Introducing a logical reasoning process, questioning structure, and bridging models to allow students to delve deeper into problems;
- Incorporating literature to increase student engagement and make content come alive for your students;
- Building vocabulary and literacy skills through fun activities aimed at increasing proficiency;
- Using the Three Phases of Logical Reasoning to plan lessons effectively, help students reflect on their progress, and implement the strategies successfully.
The strategies in this book have been implemented in hundreds of classrooms around the country, and have been proven to increase student engagement, promote higher-order thinking and in-depth reasoning, and improve overall achievement.
Table of Contents
Meet the Authors
Section 1: Why This Journey?
Section 2: Charting the Course: Communicating the Journey
Section 3: The Journey to Deeper Understandings: Building Practices
Section 4: The Journey from Practice to Proficiency: Strategies That Engage
Section 5: Navigating the Journey: Staying the Course
Appendix A: Logical Reasoning Process
Appendix B: Opportunities for Writing
Appendix C: Practice to Proficiency Standards
Appendix D: Practices from the Academic Standards
Tammy L. Jones has been an educator since 1979, working with students from first grade through college. She currently consults with individual school districts to support teachers in making content accessible to all students.
Leslie A. Texas has over twenty years of experience working with K–12 teachers and schools across the country to enhance rigorous and relevant instruction.
"Coauthor Leslie Texas has worked with our teachers through professional development and coaching to implement many of the strategies in this book. As a result, I’ve seen a transformation of classroom practice and an increase in student engagement throughout our district’s math classrooms. I highly recommend this book."--Angela Harris, Jefferson County Public School Secondary Math Specialist, Louisville, KY